Major tourist attraction Schlitterbahn Waterpark Galveston, citing Hurricane Harvey damage and likely fewer visitors from hard-hit Houston, won’t have an indoor fall season this year, a spokeswoman confirmed.
The park will be open on weekends until Sept. 24 and will close after to complete Hurricane Harvey damage repairs, Schlitterbahn spokeswoman Winter Prosapio said.
“The damage was not that extensive, but there was enough that we felt we needed to focus on recovery efforts in general and recovery efforts in the community,” Prosapio said.
The park reopened shortly after Harvey blew through, but several rides haven’t been in operation because of storm damage, Prosapio said. Some of those rides are outside, she said.
Schlitterbahn in the fall, winter and spring seasons keeps part of its park open by converting it to a climate-controlled indoor waterpark. The park will instead be closed entirely this fall and winter and will reopen March 3, the company said.
The company quieted some of its marketing efforts in the Houston area immediately after the storm, Prosapio said. Having an anticipated fewer number of visitors was a consideration in closing the park, she said.
“There’s no question that the bulk of our guests during our fall indoor season come from the Houston area,” Prosapio said. “That’s definitely a factor.”